Australian Bureau of Statistics
Retail Trade Margins Survey
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The System of National Accounts (SNA) 2008 states that the output of retailers and wholesalers is measured by the total value of the trade margins realised on the goods they purchase for resale. A trade margin is defined as the difference between the actual or imputed price realised from the sale or disposal of a good purchased for resale and the price that would have to be paid by the distributor to replace the good at the time it is sold or otherwise disposed of. The RTM price index (RTMPI) collection is a means of obtaining this important information.
Total sales and cost of goods sold are collected from retail businesses on a range of selected retail products (SUPCs) sold by them that make up the bulk of the retail trade (as measured by the Retail Industry Survey). This information is collected from selected businesses at the enterprise level by State/Territory/Whole of Australia as well as at selected retail outlets in each State/Territory where they operate.
Margins are computed from this data as defined above, and from these margins, a retail trade margin index is computed for each SUPC by State/Territory/Whole of Australia. Aggregated SUPC and total trade margin indexes will also be computed by State/Territory/Whole of Australia.
A discussion of the conceptual framework for the RTMS is contained in paper Experimental Price Index for Retail Trade Margins Cat No: 6402.0. (See Section 4.99 above)
Proposed outputs for publication purposes (subject to confidentiality, reliability and fitness for purpose) will include:
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New South Wales
Comments and/or Other Regions
All businesses included in the original experimental collection were enrolled via personal visit. This was an active strategy to address data provider concerns relating to the confidentiality of margins data. This strategy ensured a high level of cooperation and quality of data from providers.
Data providers enrolled in the original experimental RTMPI collection were advised of the ABS decision to cease the collection early in 2008. Data collection ceased following the December quarter 2007. An historical series currently exists (for most SUPCs and total Australia) from December quarter 2003 until December quarter 2007. The survey was reinstated in mid 2009 when additional funding was made available to the ABS and following extensive consultation with users.
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